On 27 January 2020, the government announced the introduction of a £1,000 discount to eligible pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000 in 2020/21.

In the Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020 the Government announced the discount will increase from £1,000 to £5,000. Revised bills will be issued in April with the increased award.

This is in addition to any retail relief discount. Pub relief will be subject to state aid rules.

The government's policy intention is that eligible pubs should:

  • Be open to the public
  • Allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • Allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • Permit drinks to be purchased at a bar

For these purposes it should exclude:

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Nightclubs
  • Hotels
  • Snack bars
  • Guesthouses
  • Boarding houses
  • Sporting venues
  • Music venues
  • Festival sites
  • Theatres
  • Museums
  • Exhibition halls
  • Cinemas
  • Concert halls
  • Casinos

Chichester District Council will identify all potentially eligible properties based on the above criteria. These lists are not exhaustive and there may some cases where eligibility is unclear. If you have not been awarded pub relief and believe you qualify for the relief please contact the Taxation team.

Guidelines on the scheme issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are available.